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Venezuela freezes ties with Colombia

Jul 30--Colombia's claim that Venezuela supplied FARC guerrillas with grenade launchers prompted Hugo Chávez to pull his ambassador.

President Hugo Chávez has put relations with neighboring Colombia in the deep freeze again, sparking concerns about the mercurial leader's next moves.

Chávez withdrew his ambassador from Colombia and threatened to break diplomatic relations to protest complaints by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe that three grenade launchers found in the hands of Colombia's biggest guerrilla group had been sold by the Swedish government to Venezuela in 1988.

Chávez denied Uribe's charge, which seems to provide more evidence of ties between Chávez and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which has been waging a 45-year battle to overthrow Colombia's democratically elected government.
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